Published: 20:22, 12 August 2020
| Updated: 20:53, 12 August 2020
A campaign has been launched against the building of a multi-billion pound theme park in Kent.
The campaign against the London Resort project in Swanscombe- billed as Britain's answer to Disneyland- is based around enviromental concerns.
Sparked by wildlife group Buglife, the campaign to 'Save Swanscombe Marshes' has been launched after London Resort appealed for public input into the plans.
The marshes are home to thousands of invertebrate species, including over 250 that are 'of conservation concern'.
Among these is the Critically Endangered Distinguished jumping spider, which only exists in one other part of the UK.
A petition started by the group has already accumulated nearly 1,000 signatures
Buglife planning lead, Jamie Robins said: “Brownfield sites like Swanscombe Marshes are some of the most important places in the country for our threatened invertebrates.
"Enough is enough, it is time to start valuing nature..."
"Our No Insectinction manifesto calls for ‘safe spaces’ for invertebrates - it is essential that we save this nationally-important wildlife haven from destruction.
“The London Resort Theme Park would be No Fun for Nature. Buglife wants to protect this wildlife haven from an unnecessary and ill-thought development, saving it for future generations to enjoy.
"Last year, a planning was granted which will destroy the nearby Tilbury Marshes another top quality open mosaic habitat, to allow for port expansion. Enough is enough, it is time to start valuing nature.”
The £5 billion London Resort project was first announced in 2012, and if approved will see two parks opened in 2024 and 2029 respectively.
Bosses say around 70% of attractions would be under cover to ward off concerns over the unpredictable English weather.
Originally due to open in 2019, the site is yet to see any construction work as the submission of its planning application has been subject to repeat delay.
It is thought it will create 17,000 jobs in 15 years, plus a further 35,000 indirect roles.
The London Resort project has been contacted for comment.